Vishnu fans plan indefinite protest from June 5

Vishnu fans plan indefinite protest from June 5

Dr Vishnu Sena Samiti has planned an indefinite protest from June 5, if the state government fails to arrive at a consensus in building a memorial for the late actor Vishnuvardhan in Bengaluru.

Addressing media here on Saturday, Samiti state unit president Veerakaputra Srinivas said that when the Samiti staged a protest in Bengaluru on May 14, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had sought around 20 days time to decide on the issue. If nothing fruitful emerges during the period, the samiti will launch an indefinite stir at Maurya Circle in Bengaluru from June 5. Prominent personalities from the Kannada film industry take part in the protest,” added Srinivas.

He said, the samiti has decided to implead itself in the suit pending before the court relating to the land allotted for the memorial. The members of the family of another late actor, Balakrishna, been sanctioned 20 acres of land where Abhiman Studio is set up. They have brought a stay from the court against the long-pending proposal to set up Vishnu memorial near the studio.

“Initially, Balakrishna’s family members had consented for the government’s decision to allot two acres for the memorial, after piecing out the land allotted to the studio. But later they retracted and sought a compensation of at least Rs 2 crore to part with the land for the memorial. They moved court and obtained a stay on the government’s plans last October,” said Srinivas.

Meanwhile, there was a proposal from the government to shift the memorial to Mysuru. According to Hindu customs, a memorial should be set up at the place, where the last rites of a person was performed. Vishnuvardhan was cremated at the place near the studio.

Samiti district unit president M D Parthasarathy, also a former corporator, suspected political conspiracy behind the delay in setting up the memorial. The district administration has not been responding to several pleas for installing Vishnuvardhan’s statue at Curzon Park-II, named after Vishnuvardhan, adjacent to the north gate of the Palace, he said.